On Tuesday I woke up completely unsuspecting, went to work and was asked if on Thursday I could be on the Expresso Show on SABC. I hesitated because I was nervous as I am with most things I’m afraid of (which is a lot of things) but I had to say yes. And, obviously I did.
The ‘feel good morning show’ airs daily from 6:00 – 8:30 on SABC 3, which if you don’t have access to you can visit their website to find out more about the breakfast show and their clips, recipes, celebs and spunky upbeat segments.
They have local and international guests on, chefs cooking, movie reviews, and pretty much all topics to shoot the shit and be there in your home while you get ready for work.
After waking up at 5am, I scooted my nearly awake self to the Sea Point studios for some on-air baking time. Let celebritydom begin!
Dogs jumping in and out of shots coupled with kids bouncing around the green room was actually a fitting way to start. Their energy and reasonable ability to not fear what they don’t know is what first took my shoulders down from right up next to my ears.
Ruan, one of the producers introduced himself to me, offered me some coffee and made no fuss, as if all of this were old hat. I got my hair done up all pretty like and sat in silence going over ingredients and practicing a smile that didn’t make me look like an asshole (almost achieved but if you watch the first minute or two it makes an appearance).
Brought into the studio, the stage manager, said ‘Hi Shaina,’ intentionally to make me comfortable. I love so very much that this is their goal. That they are professional but unpretentious and completely down to earth, which is the only way everything should be.
The kind greeting was followed by Stephanie who set everything up before hand to make me look like a pro. Little pre-measured cups of baking powder and sugars could be something I get used to.
Ewan, the retired model presenter, charmingly introduced himself to me and carried on with questions about what we’d be making on live TV in just a few. His sweet toothy grin and warm sense of self was to be my guide.
I eased into it.
And, a little leap of faith, in myself, became another stepping stone that my mother (and hopefully a few more) will get to watch below:
My best and most learned tip would be: Don’t make icing that your friends can mistake for something else (for this you will need to watch the video).
Like a little cookie thief in the night I snuck on unnoticed by family and friends and was left with only the crumbs of the Youtube clip as proof.
In the words of my country’s, certainly not most beloved, but possibly most well-known, governor, “I’ll be back”.
And a few pictures:
Already pre-set up, the cookies, dough, ‘adult versions’ and trays were kindly prepared by Stephanie the legendary chef who gets up at the crack of dawn, actually, not like 8am when I think the sun rises, and makes step-by-step magic for guests on the show.
Make it up make-up.
I love that the two French bulldogs Bella and Bob are featured the largest out of all the presenters on the show.
For more about the Expresso Show on SABC3 6:00 – 8:30, guests and hosts, check out their website here.